Shin Wolsong nuclear power plant control room (KHNP) Policy & Regulation

South Korea’s emissions ambitions

South Korea’s new government is rolling out new energy policies – with big implications for the power sector. These changes could create opportunities for gas-fired power generation.

By Catriona Scott 21 July 2017
Japan and South Korea have contrasting plans for nuclear and coal in the generation mix going forward. (BHP) Policy & Regulation

Japan and South Korea – prospects for coal and gas

The power sectors in Japan and South Korea are currently set on contrasting paths when it comes to nuclear and coal. How the generation mix in both countries develops has implications for gas demand and LNG imports.

11 July 2017
Sungrow floating solar plant. (Sungrow) Policy & Regulation

China leads the world in renewables drive

Despite a switch to gas in power, China will need a quantum leap in renewables to meet its COP21 targets. The latest REN21 report suggests that this transition is under way despite a drop in investment in 2016.

6 July 2017
Sinopec's LNG terminal in Beihai. Chinese LNG imports will also be squeezed by increasing volumes of piped supplies. (Sinopec) Policy & Regulation

China’s delicate balancing act on gas market reform

The dichotomy between Beijing’s targets to boost gas use and the dynamics of a volatile world market was discussed at an Interfax breakfast seminar in London on Tuesday.

28 June 2017
Electricity pylons in the UK. Theresa May's government will struggle to reduce carbon emissions if it introduces a domestic energy price cap. (National Grid) Policy & Regulation

UK energy price cap will be a tricky balancing act

The UK government has pledged to cap domestic energy prices, but it will struggle to protect consumers while encouraging investment in low-carbon generation.

26 April 2017
An oil rig in the Permian Basin. US production is offsetting OPEC cuts. (Devon Energy) Policy & Regulation

OPEC should be worried about dollar strength

US oil production and the strength of the dollar could prove a double whammy for OPEC when the oil producers group meets in May.

5 April 2017
Sinopec's LNG terminal in Beihai, Guangxi. (Sinopec) Policy & Regulation

Interesting times for gas in China

China’s gas market development will have implications for gas globally. The prospects for development are explored in this contributed feature from Gaffney Cline & Associates.

20 February 2017
President Trump (left) and former national security adviser Michael Flynn (middle). (PA) Policy & Regulation

US energy strategy may affect oil and gas trade flows

Three strands of US president Donald Trump’s evolving energy strategy have potential implications for the oil and gas market.

15 February 2017
The new US president has threatened to boost coal, cut emissions regulations and introduce tariffs on Chinese goods. His counterpart in Beijing, meanwhile, has stressed the need to do exactly the opposite. (PA) Policy & Regulation

Trump and China: on a collision course?

The new US president has threatened to boost coal, cut emissions regulations and introduce tariffs on Chinese goods. His counterpart in Beijing, meanwhile, has stressed the need to do exactly the opposite.

24 January 2017
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station (Tepco) Policy & Regulation

Japan’s uncertain nuclear outlook

Further delays to Japan’s nuclear reactors coming back online look likely, but even a limited number of restarts will affect the country’s gas demand.

19 January 2017
The US has more than 5,000 wells drilled but not completed, meaning production could be in for a boost if the oil market rebalances in 2017. (PA) Policy & Regulation

Next year’s well completions may boost US oil and gas

The US has more than 5,000 wells drilled but not completed, meaning production could be in for a boost if the oil market rebalances in 2017.

19 December 2016
U.N. climate chief Patricia Espinosa, 2nd left, and Morocco's Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, centre, celebrate after the proclamation of Marrakech, at the COP22 climate change conference, in Marrakech, Morocco, 17 November 2016. Policy & Regulation

Emission reductions: supportive of gas

Increasing gas use is key to emissions reductions plans in some of the world’s largest gas markets.

1 December 2016
Supporters of US President-elect Donald Trump applauding his pro-fossil-fuel stance at a campaign rally earlier this year. (PA) Policy & Regulation

OPEC to debate cuts but market share still an issue

Next week, OPEC will hold its first ministerial meeting since Donald Trump was elected as the next president of the United States.

23 November 2016
U.N. climate chief Patricia Espinosa, 2nd left, and Morocco's Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, centre, celebrate after the proclamation of Marrakech, at the COP22 climate change conference, in Marrakech, Morocco, 17 November 2016. Policy & Regulation

Trump looks set to pull out of Paris climate deal

The US president-elect thinks climate change is a hoax and looks likely to withdraw his country from the COP21 agreement and scrap emissions reduction plans.

18 November 2016
With northern markets expected to potentially face tight supplies, China's need for LNG imports could increase further. (Sinopec) Policy & Regulation

China’s regional markets present upside for LNG

China’s LNG imports have been growing rapidly this year. And with northern markets expected to potentially face tight supplies, the country’s need for imports could increase further.

17 November 2016
Offshore Resolute jack-up rig offshore Bangladesh. The country is facing a crisis in gas supply. (Seadrill) Policy & Regulation

Bangladesh climate plan gives mixed message for gas

Bangladesh urgently needs to solve its gas and power supply problems, but its plans to reduce emissions under the Paris agreement appear to prioritise coal over gas.

16 November 2016
The US election results could see far-reaching changes in US energy policy. (PA) Policy & Regulation

Trump will roll back Obama’s energy policy

The 2016 US presidential poll result will have profound implications for the country’s energy policy and looks set to undermine global efforts to limit climate change.

9 November 2016
Saudi Aramco’s CO2 enhanced oil recovery pilot project. (Saudi Aramco) Policy & Regulation

Saudi Arabia adds its weight to the drive for CCS

Saudi Arabia’s energy minister says the kingdom remains committed to a plan to develop large-scale carbon capture and storage.

12 October 2016
Recent increases in Iranian production have come from South Pars. (Pars O&G) Policy & Regulation

Iran’s tough stand reflects investment ambitions

Iran’s forthright rejection of proposals to freeze oil production reflects its ambitious investment plans for its oil and gas sector now that sanctions against the country have been largely removed.

28 September 2016
Policy & Regulation

Brazil enters era of structural reforms

Brazil’s oil and gas sector is poised to undergo structural reforms as new President Michel Temer takes charge.

1 September 2016
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LNG over-commitment haunts Argentina

Argentina is struggling to fulfil its LNG import commitments as a result of weakening gas demand and rising domestic output of the fuel.

25 August 2016

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